Thursday, December 6, 2018

Susanna Hill's 8th Annual Holiday Contest entry

Every December, for the past seven years, Susannah Hill has encouraged writers to stretch their imaginations and write a holiday story. All holidays (even sorta holiday-themed) are included. This year's theme: Holiday Heroes.

The rules are simple: 250 words or less, and for kids. Here's my entry. I hope you enjoy it. When you're finished, head over to Susannah's blog and read the other stories (here's the link).

Moose is a Hero!

Moose read the sign: Holiday Heroes Wanted! He pulled on his X-ray goggles and snapped his decoder ring onto his collar.

“Where are you going?” asked Raccoon.

“I’m going to be a Holiday Hero,” Moose said. He held his head high, puffed out his chest, and gave a mighty snort.

“I don’t think you’re the sort of hero they’re looking for,” said Raccoon. “They need someone to slice turkey and dice potatoes for the Solstice dinner.” Raccoon scowled at Moose’s muddy hooves.

Maybe Raccoon was right. Moose stepped high through the snow drifts.

“Where are you going?” chattered Jay.

“I’m going to be a Holiday Hero,” Moose said. He puffed out his chest and gave a snort.

“They are looking for helpers to deliver letters by air mail,” Jay cawed. “I don’t think you’re the sort of hero they’re looking for.”

Maybe Jay was right. Moose slipped and slid on the ice. He bumped to a stop next to a huge sled piled high with boxes and bags and a cluster of kids.

“Where are you going?” asked Moose.

“The Holiday Food Parade,” said the kids. “But our sled is too heavy.”

“Not for me,” said Moose. The kids tied a rope to his collar. They hung bells from his antlers.

“You are just the hero we need!” shouted the kids. Moose held his head high, puffed out his chest, and gave a mighty snort. With a jingle and a jangle he trotted into town.

Thanks for dropping by to share a story. I'll be back with book reviews and book talk after the holidays are over. 


  1. Moose is just the hero the kids needed. Love the repetition and story arc, too. Good luck, Sue.

    1. Thanks Kathy. If you hadn't posted about writing a story I probably would've forgotten (again).

  2. So glad Moose found the perfect way to be a hero! Great job! Good luck!

  3. Nice to see you back with Sally's Bookshelf. Cute story. Good luck with it.

  4. Moose is a great hero! Good luck with the contest.

  5. Wherever there is someone in need, there's a just-right hero wanted for the job. "Job Well Done" to Moose, for not giving up until he found someone to help!

  6. So cute - -and who doesn't love a story featuring a Moose! Good luck with this, Sue! Lynne Marie (

  7. Moose is just the kind of hero we all need. What a lovely story, Sue! I'm so glad that Moose got his wish to be a hero!

  8. Great story! I bet the kids enjoyed their once-in-a-lifetime sleigh ride!

  9. Yay Moose! A hero with heart...exactly what the world needs. Thank you for this delightful story, Sue. :)

  10. Moose is a true hero, pulling that heavy sleigh & helping the kids. The worlds needs more Moose!

  11. Hurray for Moose! They couldn't have done it without him! I love how determined he is to help and be a hero, in spite of folks telling him he's not what anyone is looking for. Good for him for keeping on trying anyway, and being a hero in the end! Thanks for joining in the Holiday fun, Sue!

  12. Adorable story. Really enjoyed it.

  13. I'm so glad that moose didn't let anyone rain on his hero parade, and showed that yes, he, too, could be a holiday hero. Great story!